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Forum topic by dkg posted 12-14-2009 06:49 PM 1075 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-14-2009 06:49 PM

Thinking about purchasing some Koa logs and would like to try milling them. Any ideas on portable mills?

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#1 posted 12-14-2009 07:14 PM

If you have just a few logs, you can consider a good quality chain saw mill, but it needs about a 70 cc saw with a rip, not crosscut, chain. The good part is you can slab out the log where it lies.

If you’re young and strong and think you might be cutting a lot of your own lumber over your lifetime, you might consider a band saw mill (Woodmizer, e.g.) They can turn out lots of lumber.

Another option would be to find a guy in your area who has a band-saw mill and cuts for the public, either on his site or your site. Search the net or the weekly Penny-Saver, Thrifty Nickle or other shopper publications. A forester in your area might know someone.

Depending on your area there might also be a small specialty circle saw mill that will run your logs.

Or, you could do it the hard way like me and split the log with wedges and mauls, then quarter split it to a size you can get on your shop bandsaw.

-- Getting old is a good thing, but being old kinda stinks.

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#2 posted 12-14-2009 07:19 PM

hmm sawmill in the pacific… do they allow tree killin on the island?
Alaska chainsaw mill maybe. If you are handy you could build one easily.

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